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Billions Dining Guide, Season 3 – April 24, 2018

Billions Season Three Dining Guide

by Damianista | Fan Fun with Damian Lewis | April 24, 2018

Source: Showtime

It is no secret that one of my favorite things about my favorite show is how it showcases the New York dining scene from hole-in-the-walls to neighborhood gems to Michelin-starred restaurants. And it has been my pleasure to share the information about restaurants appearing on the show first in my weekly recaps and then in a full dining guide by the end of the season for Season 1 and Season 2.

But now that our dining guides are two of the most widely read articles on the blog, and that we constantly get questions about the restaurants on the show, I have decided to take a different route this season. I am kicking off our dining guide today with the restaurants our characters visited in the first two episodes in Season 3 and I am going to update the post as we go.

I don’t know about you but the restaurant choices the show creators have made for different characters in the first two seasons look very deliberate to me. There may be exceptions but Chuck is typically likely to eat at established places – city institutions if you will – with great food that is not revolutionary but extremely well-executed. Examples: Keen’s Steakhouse and Babbo. Axe, on the other hand, seems to be more open to contemporary places that serve more experimental and inventive food. Examples: Momofuku Ko and Crif Dogs.

Chuck Senior eats at the very high-end old-school places. Examples:  Peter Luger and La Grenouille. And Wags does sushi from the strip mall body sushi to the high end Sushi Nakasawa.  All these men can go whatever restaurant they want to go in the city, and they can certainly go to the same restaurant especially if someone else is choosing for them. But their characters are written all over their choice when they make the reservations.

I was lucky to ask the show’s co-creator Brian Koppelman about this while he was doing a Twitter Q&A on a choppy flight and he was very kind to reply.

Before we dive into another brilliant season of New York food scene, massive thanks go to the show creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien for loving and honoring the dining capital of the world: Some of the places they choose are my personal favorites, some gems I discover thanks to the show, and I believe, being the forensic fan that I am, I try my best to figure all the restaurants featured in the show using a combination of hints from the scene, keyword search on Google and, hey, Google earth, too!

I describe each restaurant below as the one with what we see happening there (the one with being my tribute to another all-time favorite show Friends) attach a picture of the scene as a refresher and a link to restaurant website as well as its Yelp review where available. I really hope you have a chance to try one or several of these places and send us feedback. Please let me know if I am missing anything and I am happy to add it to the list.

Bon Appetite!

Episode 1: Tie Goes to the Runner

The one with Chuck finding out Dake may not be the Calvinist he seems:

4 Charles Prime Rib: An intimate supper club in West Village serving prime steaks, fresh seafood, hand-carved slices of prime rib, and decadent desserts.

4 Charles Street, New York, NY 10014

Yelp Review

 The one with Chuck finding Ira eating pierogies:

Veselka: Serving tradition Ukranian food in the East Village since 1954. Lady Trader agrees with Ira about their pierogies!

144 Second Avenue, New York, New York  10003

Yelp Review

The one with the “Trouble Doppelganger” showing up at the Idea Dinner

Del Posto: Refined Italian restaurant. The Idea Dinner in Billions is held in the restaurant’s private dining room.

85 10th Avenue, New York, New York, 10011

Yelp Review

The one with the take-out lo mein on the meeting table at the US Attorney’s Office

Wo Hop: Take-out friendly Chinese restaurant.

17 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Yelp Review

Episode 2: The Wrong Maria Gonzalez

The one with Chuck and Dake discussing the ways to get de-Funded 😀

Kossar’s: Bagels and Bialys since 1936.

367 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002

Yelp Review

Episode 3: A Generation Too Late

The one with Ira not proposing and proposing to his girlfriend

source: Showtime

Craft: Chef Tom Colicchio‘s (Top Chef, anyone?) flagship restaurant in New York. I went to Craft back in early 2000s when the restaurant received a James Beard Award for the Best New Restaurant nationwide. But I am sure it still surpasses expectations! I think I need to do a return trip soon!

43 East 19th Street, NY, NY 10003

Yelp Review

The one with the burger Chef Ryan is trying to replicate to seduce Raul Gomez 🙂

Ann’s Snack Bar: A small restaurant in Atlanta famous for its burgers.

Here is a close up to the original burger. You decide if Chef Ryan has nailed it 😀

1615 Memorial Drive, Atlanta, GA, 30317

Yelp Review

The one with Ira still out to get Axe 🙂

Viand Cafe: Believe it or not, it is my local diner!

2130 Broadway #1, New York, NY 10023

Yelp Review

The one with the “recession special” – 2 hot dogs and 1 drink for $5.95

Gray’s Papaya: a 24/7 open hot dog joint famous for its cheap and yummy hot dogs! I was very lucky to be LIVE on location while they were shooting at Gray’s Papaya. Come join me in a FUN behind the scenes experience here!

2090 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Yelp Review

Episode 4: Hell of a Ride

The one with Chuck sharing his childhood secrets with Wendy

Brandy Library: An institution of fine drinking in the heart of Tribeca since 2003.

25 North Moore St, New York, NY 10013

Yelp Review

The one with Black Jack Foley telling Chuck about how to take care about his father 🙂

Donohue’s Steakhouse: A homey place for steaks and other straightforward classics in vintage, dark-wood quarters. Donohue’s does not have a website but the New York Times has a loving piece about the place.

845 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10065

Yelp Review

The one with Sean Ayles trying to sell the efficacy of Axelrod Foundation to Taylor

North End Grill: Another brilliant establishment from New York’s most important restaurateur Danny Meyer serving “rustic, elemental French-inspired cooking infused with subtle smoke from the restaurant’s wood-burning grills.” You can hear Billions co-creator and show runner Brian Koppelman talk to Meyer on his podcast The Moment here.

104 North End Ave (at Vesey St Battery Park) New York, NY 10282

Yelp Review

The one with Axe reminding World-Aid chairman that he is not King Cole

King Cole Bar, St. Regis Hotel: An upscale lounge serving located in the very upscale St. Regis Hotel. The centerpiece of the bar is a well-known mural depicting Old King Cole, painted by Maxfield Parish in 1906. Legend has it that this bar is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary.

2 East 55th St, New York, NY 10022

Yelp Review

The one with Axe and Oscar celebrating their win at World-Aid board meeting

Ghenet: A relaxed restaurant serving traditional Ethiopian dishes like meat and vegetable stews and home-made injera bread.

348 Douglass Street Brooklyn, NY 11217

Yelp Review

Episode 5: Flaw in the Death Star

The one with Axe and Wags welcoming Spyros to the family 🙂

Daniel: *SPECIAL OCCASION* A 2 Michelin-starred elegant and jacket-required French restaurant named after its owner and executive chef, the legendary Daniel Boulud. The chef has several restaurants all over the city as well as in Boston, Miami, Palm Beach, Washington D.C, Montreal, Toronto, London, Singapore, and Tokyo with Daniel being the flagship.

And as much as it seems Chef Boulud has made an exception for Axe regarding the jacket, their usual practice is to provide a loaner to men that show up without jackets! I know it because Lewisto showed up there once without a jacket on a warm summer evening! It was hilarious that the dining room was full of men wearing the exact same jacket!

Below is a wonderful 15-minute video of the chef along with other city legends whom I hope to see in Billions in the seasons to come, namely Eric Ripert of Le Bernardine, Jean-Georges Vongerichten of Jean-Georges, and Jacques Torres of Jacques Torres talk about how they met in New York in 1980s, bonded over their French roots and revolutionized the NYC food scene.

60 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065

Yelp Review

Next to making a wonderful cameo on the show, it turns out Chef Boulud prepared some special food for the cast and the show creators at the end of the shoot which they had at a private room above his kitchen. And Damian’s review of the food obviously has as much weight as Yelp here!

Read the rest of the original article at Fan Fun with Damian Lewis. The Dining Guide will be updated after future Billions episodes air. Stay informed by following the original article at Fan Fun with Damian Lewis